Hot Docs 2016: Suited

A tailoring company specializes in suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients in Suited. Bindle & Keep is a tailoring company in Brooklyn run by Daniel Friedman and Rae Tutera, which specializes in making suits for transgender or gender non-conforming clients, who might not be comfortable with getting suits from a conventional tailor. The story of a number of these clients are told, as they strive for the perfect suit that shows off the person that they believe to be.

Even as homosexuality becomes steadily more accepted by society, transgendered individuals still face some major challenges in their lives. Suited begins by introducing us to Rae, born Rachel, who has partnered up with tailor Daniel Friedman to make suits specifically for the LGBTQ community. Some of the clients include Derek, who is looking for a suit for his upcoming wedding, and Everett, a law student looking for suits for job interviews.

One of the most informative aspects of Suited is how there is a wide spectrum of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, who range from somewhat androgynous to having undergone a full-on gender transition. However, all these individuals still face much prejudice in their lives and Bindle & Keep at least offers a place where these people can order a suit that represents who they are. As such, Suited is a very interesting and informative look at this LGBTQ-friendly tailoring company.

8 / 10 stars
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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).